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December 9, 2021

by Marcia Dunn

NASA’s newest X-ray observatory went into orbit Thursday to shed light on exploded stars, black holes and other violent high-energy events taking place in the universe.

SpaceX launched the spaceship on its $ 188 million mission from the Kennedy Space Center. It’s called IXPE, short for Imaging X-ray Polarization Explorer.

Scientists said the observatory – actually three telescopes in one – will reveal the most dramatic and extreme parts of the universe like never before.

« IXPE open a new window to the X-ray sky, « said Brian Ramsey, NASA’s assistant chief scientist, this week.

Operations are slated to begin next month. NASA is working on the project with the Italian space agency.

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